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Joint account and update of 101 in 1001

The last couple of weeks I have been lazy or busy, depending on how one choose to regard it, which has had the effect of my not updating the 101 in 1001 for a while. Instead of posting a load of separate accounts of the various tasks, I have decided to deal with them jointly in a single post.

Bad news first. Or rather, challenging news first. I just browsed through the list and realised I have a long way to go. Sure, I have been able to complete some demanding tasks (like swimming 10 000 metres, for instance), but with a year and a half remaining of the 1001 days, I still have 84 tasks to go. Challenging indeed. I decide not to call it bad news, since I still think it is possible to accomplish everything I have set out for. However, I will have to develelop a much more aggressive attitude towards achieving my goal.

Then some good news. There are some tasks on the list I have finished, but not written about:

– Have read a total of 10 books by Philip K. Dick: Few authors fascinate me in the same way as Philip K. Dick. His books often surreal, bizarre and philosophical. They are always expertly written. His mind works in a way truly original and produces ideas which lie far beyond anything I myself would have come up with. Novels written by him are not always spot on, but they are always worthwhile.

1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
2. The Man in the High Castle
3. A Scanner Darkly
4. Ubik
5. Galactic Pot-healer
6. Martian Time-Slip<
7. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
8. A Maze of Death
9. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
10. The Father-thing

– Have read a total of 5 books by Ray Bradbury: I have actually read more than five books and all of them have been reviewed. The best of Ray Bradbury is extremely good, but the problem is that there are too many mediocre stories that pull down the average quite a bit. Here are the books.

1. Fahrenheit 451
2. The Day it Rained Forever
3. S is for Space
4. Something Wicked This Way Comes
5. From the Dust Returned

– Have read a total of 5 books by Neil Gaiman: Not including The Sandman (comic), I have read more than five books by Neil Gaiman (with The Sandman it becomes sixteen). In recent years, Neil Gaiman has ascended to the position of being one of my two favourite authors, equalled only by Philip K. Dick. Here are the five first books:

1. American Gods
2. Coraline
3. Good Omens
4. Stardust
5. Neverwhere

– Finish my freelancing praject “Tornet mot stjärnorna”: It took roughly 150 hours of writing to accomplish this, not including time not spent with pen and paper (i.e. thinking, dreaming and talking about it). Although there are still mechanical things left (correcting errors reported by proof readers), I consider this project done.

– Learn to sleep comfortably on my back: This is a somewhat old task as well, since I finished it last autumn. I cannot say that I sleep as comfortably on my back as I do in other positions, but I can do it when I want to.

– Make someone change from Qwerty to Dvorak: I accomplished this some time ago when a friend of mine, Gastono, changed from Qwerty to Dvorak. To my knowledge, he seems satisfied with the change.

Hopefully, these insights into this project will help me to finish it and hopefully it will also lead to more activity online regarding the 101 in 1001. Wish me good luck and I will probably be seeing you soon again!

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  1. Gastono’s avatar

    First of all, congratulations for your accomplishments so far – you’ve done far more tasks than I have :)
    Secondly, I must underline what you said about task #093… I am very satisfied with the change from Qwerty to Dvorak – thanks alot for all the help with that :)
    Good luck with the rest of your tasks!


  2. Martin’s avatar

    Först, jag orkar inte skriva på något anglofilspråk nu, stäm mig.

    För det andra, även jag känner att jag har mycket kvar på min lista. Jag har 70 punkter kvar varav 20 inte ens är ifyllda än. Som jag skrev som kommentar till Solindes inlägg på Kendoka och som vi pratat om tidigare är jag inte längre övertygad om listans förträfflighet, även om jag självklart kommer fortsätta att klara de punkterna jag vill klara.


  3. Snigel’s avatar

    Gastono: Thanks!

    Martin: Varför skulle jag stämma dig? :O Jag är fortfarande övertygad om listans förträfflighet så länge man vet vad man sysslar med. Kriterierna är fortfarands att jag 1) vill genomföra den eller 2) jag är säker på att det skullle vara bra för mig att genomföra den. Om någon punkt på listan inte längre uppfyller detta, tar jag bort den. Jag kanske inte är jättesugen på punkt 18 (att lära mig mer om länder som folk kommer till Sverige ifrån), men eftersom jag är övertygad om att det är bra att göra det, så jag tar inte bort den. Jag tar heller aldrig bort punkter för att de är för svåra.


  4. Marcus’s avatar

    Stå på dig snigel! Fall inte för Martins lätja! ;)


  5. Martin’s avatar

    För att jag inte kommenterade på engelska, var syftet, men du får gärna låta bli.

    Jag har ungefär samma inställning som du till punkterna så det är ingen större skillnad. Med tillägget att saker som jag inte vill klara rensas. Exempelvis hade jag ju tidigare att översätta hela Yasylum (= de informationstexter och liknande) till engelska vilket inte varit aktuellt på länge. Då känns punkten rätt meningslös.

    Marcus: Du känner väl Snigel? Han lär inte falla för lättja ens om lättja var det enda som gick att falla för.